Today's News

  • County job number mired at third worst in the state

    Chester County's unemployment rate has earned it a fifth consecutive month as third worst in the state of South Carolina, and some local agencies that came together for a special forum on jobs and how to handle layoffs back in February are going to try again.

    People making presentations at the forum almost outnumbered the attendees. The forum wasn't publicized to local folk, but the organizers are going to do a better job, they say.

  • Qualifications for office must be clear

    We think it's time for election law to be made absolutely, crystal clear to candidates. But it's never clear, so we end up in situations like we have in Great Falls. A deputy was the top vote-getter, but the law says he must give up his job as a deputy to serve on the council. It's an unfortunate situation for the candidate. He must choose how he wants to serve the public.

    This isn't the first time it's come up. It's not even the first time this election season. People tried to lay similar accusations against County Attorney Joanie Winters, who is running for State Senate.

  • Lot of good causes kicking around county

    I almost gave the first time I heard about it. I might have been the first, if I had not restrained myself.

    But I did. And I let others do what needed to be done.

    In January, the Chester County Chamber of Commerce announced it was going to start a scholarship in honor of Tommy Davis.

    Like I said, I almost gave right then.

    I liked Tommy, a lot.

  • SLIDESHOW: Fort Lawn Fall Festival

    The Fort Lawn Community Center had big trains to the one side, little trains to the other, and a Fall Festival in between on Saturday. And the crowd was good, according to a long-time festival-goer.

  • Playoffs start Thursday for local teams

    Four Chester County teams will begin their drive for a state championship when the baseball and softball playoffs begin on Thursday.

  • York Tech shows off Chester Center

    York Tech showed off its Chester Center, under construction off S.C. Highway 9, to a large crowd of local officials and residents Thursday.

    The Chamber of Commerce held an after-hours event at the site of the building.

    The school says construction of the Chester Center is showing good progress

    The building -- being built by Farley & Associates of Fort Mill -- is about one-third complete, and should be finished in November 2008.

  • YMCA ends drive for money for needy

    The Chester County YMCA has finished off a quiet campaign to raise money for "scholarships."

    They aren't sending kids off to college. The program is intended to help children and even some older folk who normally could not afford to use any of the YMCA's many services.

    Currently, the Y has 2,150 members. Of those, 375 children were taught to swim over the years.

    That has saved lives, backers say.

    Others helped by the Y includes Myrtle V. Steen.

    She's 80 years old and her orthopedic doctor told her to go to the Y five years ago.

  • Bumgardner wins, Stroud nominated for state-wide award

    A Chester county baseball player won a statewide honor last week and another is up for the same award this week.

    Great Falls' Gaither Bumgardner was honored as the "No-Spit All-Star" of the week, a fan voted award presented to the player with the top individual performance for the week. Bumgardner was honored honored for hitting .667 with seven RBI and four runs scored. He also had a 12-strikeout performance on the mound.

    It's been a good week for Bumgardner as Tuesday he was named the Region III-A Player of the Year for the second straight year.

  • Van Nostrand, Thompson, power Lions to win

    Lewisville coach Billy Keels said his team has not gotten a lot of respect this year from baseball observers.

    They earned some on Friday.

    Brendan Van Nostrand tossed a complete game to down county rival Great Falls by a 4-3 score.

    The Lions got bolted out to an early lead thanks to Edward Thompson. E.T. as some fans call him, phoned home in his first at bat, crushing a pitch over the fence for a two-run homer and a 2-0 Lewisville lead.

  • Heffner's homer is one for the (score)books

    by Travis Jenkins


    Just prior to Saturday's Great Falls-Lewisville baseball match-up, Red Devils Kyle Heffner and Phillip Greenleaf were honored as part of senior night. Each was presented a framed page from the score book honoring the best game each had during the season by Coach Brett Blackmon.

    Heffner probably needs to trade his in for Saturday's score book entry.

    Heffner made a big defensive stop, reached base three times and belted a walk-off home run in the final inning to give his team an 8-6 win over arch-rival Lewisville.